It’s decision week for four prospects being recruited by South Carolina or Clemson.
Defensive back Chris Lammons of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is expected to announce, with his top choices being USC, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama and Miami.
Lammons visited USC last month and wanted to commit to the Gamecocks then, but at that time the Gamecocks weren’t sure they could take another defensive back in this class. But they’ve made the decision that if Lammons wants to come, they will take him. Lammons actually is a Wing-T quarterback who totaled 1,500 yards and 34 touchdowns last season, but he’s seen as a cornerback in college.
Lammons’ close friend, defensive back Quincy Wilson of Fort Lauderdale, is also expected to announce his choice, and USC is on his short list as well, but the Gamecocks aren’t believed to be a strong player for him. Florida appears the favorite over Ohio State, Notre Dame and Southern Cal.
Defensive end Rick Leonard from Middletown, Md., plans to announce his decision Tuesday. He is down to the Tigers and Florida State, and the decision could go either way.
On Friday, receiver Terry Googer of Atlanta will announce his decision from among USC, North Carolina, Mississippi, Vanderbilt and Miami. Googer played quarterback last season and had 2,600 yards of offense. At 6-4, 210, some envision him as a tight end in college.
In other recruiting news:
Linebacker Jalen Williams of Blythewood has an offer from Clemson to join them in January of 2015, and while thrilled by that, Williams is going to wait and measure his other options before making a decision around midseason. He has offers for 2014 from Appalachian State, Air Force, Wofford, Furman, Coastal Carolina, Charleston Southern, North Carolina Central, Campbell and Presbyterian.
“I’m trying to wait, but I don’t want to wait until late in the season,” Williams said. “I’m thinking about doing it (decision) around the time my region games start.”
Williams said Clemson is looking good, but he also has Appalachian State, Wofford, Furman and Coastal Carolina high on his list.
Defensive lineman Poona Ford of Hilton Head committed last week to Louisville. Ford chose the Cardinals over USC, Ohio State, Kansas State, Mississippi and Tennessee, among others.
Defensive end Jessie Aniebonam of Olney, Md., has a final five of Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame. He plans to announce his decision Aug. 23.
Offensive lineman Donell Stanley of Latta plans to attend the North Carolina-USC game and Georgia-Clemson game.
USC, Clemson, Alabama and North Carolina are the final four with Stanley. No leader has been identified, though recently German said USC and Alabama looked like the favorites though the other two schools had not been counted out. There’s no definite timetable for a decision.
Linebacker Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, Ga., released his short list of six schools, in no order, as Clemson, Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Georgia and Mississippi. McMillan plans to attend the Georgia-Clemson game and will take official visits before making his decision.
USC and Clemson WR target Braxton Berrios of Raleigh was offered Sunday by Oregon.
Clemson last week landed its first basketball commitment for the 2014 class in 6-4 Gabe Devoe of Shelby, N.C. He picked the Tigers over Charlotte, Xavier, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Richmond. Butler and Virginia Tech are also recent offers for Devoe. Clemson recruited Devoe for both guard spots. He averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game last season.
USC is in the final five with 6-4 TeMarcus Blanton of Locust Grove, Ga. He also has Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State and George Mason on his short list.
Javis Howard of Irmo committed to Charleston Southern last week. Howard had 31 offers and narrowed his list to the Bucs, Appalachian State, Murray State and College of Charleston. He’s regarded as the No. 3 player in the state in this class behind LJ Peak of Gaffney and Marcus Stroman of Keenan.